Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s end-game Tera Raid battles are nothing to scoff at, requiring players to train up some serious contenders in their teams if they’d like to take on the likes of an Unrivaled Dragon Charizard. So we’ve put together a guide on how to take the best advantages in the Fighting Tera-type Cinderace event, centering around training up the Fighting and Ghost type Annihilape. This heavy hitter will take advantage of techniques that provide much-needed endurance throughout the fight, including Annihilape’s monstrous Defiant ability and a stacking of its signature move.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: How to Evolve Primeape into Annihilape
Don’t have your hands on an Annihilape yet? No worries! The method is far from obvious, so here’s a quick rundown on how to evolve Primeape into Annihilape:
- Catch a Primeape (Location – West Province (Area One) and (Area Three), near Medali)
- Level Primeape to 35 and allow it to learn the move ‘Rage Fist’.
- Use Rage Fist 20 times in battle.
- Primeape will evolve upon the next level up into Annihilape.
That’s it! You’ll have yourself a brand spanking new Annihilape. Now, let’s get this bad boy sufficiently buff and ready for raids.
Best Tera Type, Ability, and Moveset for Annihilape
Let’s talk typing first: Annihilape is naturally a Fighting primary and Ghost secondary type, meaning its Tera Type will be Fighting only. We want a Ghost Tera typing for the Cinderace Tera Raid. To do that, head to Medali’s Treasure Eatery and speak to the staff member behind the counter, they’ll change the Tera type for 50 Ghost Tera Shards. Fighting moves are entirely ineffective against Ghost types, so this new Tera type is a major bonus.
The best Ability will be Defiant, so any stat-lowering moves Cinderace may have equipped will immediately jack Annihilape’s attack up. You can swap abilities using the Ability Patch item earned from 6-star raids.
As for moveset, go with this:
- Rage Fist
- Drain Punch
- Bulk Up
Bulk Up and Drain Punch will act to sustain Annihilape by keeping HP up in the fight while stacking buffs from Rage Fist. Acrobatics is there for an additional super effective move.
Cinderace Tera Raid Guide: Best Annihilape EVs, Nature, and Held Item
For EVs, you’ll want to pump HP and Attack with any remainder in Defense. You’ll need:
- 26 Protein
- 26 HP Up
- 1 Iron
If you don’t have the money to get instantly swole, you can farm fights using the Power Weight item for HP EVs and Power Bracer item for Attack EVs instead.
As for nature, we’re aiming for Adamant on Annihilape, increasing Attack and reducing unnecessary Special Attack. You can buy an Adamant Mint if needed from the same Chansey Supply where you’ll find your supplements.
To round it all off with a Held Item, we want a Sitrus Berry, a simple but effective heal to keep Annihilape’s HP up.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Cinderace Tera Raid Guide: Counter Strategy
The time has come, and the battle is nigh. The 7-star Unrivaled Cinderace Tera Raid looms before you, a towering, infernal menace. It also just insulted your Annihilape’s anime-looking fringe. What are you gonna do about it?
In terms of counter strategy, here’s the general play-by-play:
- Open with Bulk Up to get your Attack and Defense up.
- Use Drain Punch next to recover HP and deal damage.
- For turns 3~4: Use Acrobatics when the Sitrus Berry is consumed for Super Effective damage.
- If the berry hasn’t proc’d yet, just Drain Punch again.
- Terastallize into Ghost type and use Rage Fist, which will be at maximum damage if you’ve been taking multiple hits from Cinderace already.
And that concludes our guide on the Best Annihilape Build for the 7-star Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Good luck taking down this menace!